2021 Economic Business Forecast Program
February 3, 2021   11:30-1:00 pm

Virtual Program
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Free Event

SPE-South Texas Section will join MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas as they kick off 2021 with their annual Economic Forecast for the coming year.

With record debt in the U.S., a depressed Economy that wants to recover,  Covid running rampant but a vaccine on the way,  and a new President and administration, what does the new year hold? At this event, you will hear expert insights on both the Texas and National Economies. Our panelists will discuss GDP, oil prices, unemployment, interest rates, inflation, housing activity, and more.   Whether you’re with an established business or a start-up, this is one event you won’t want to miss.   The last 5 years this program has been sold out when it was held it at the Houston Federal Reserve Bank.  Because of Covid, the program this year will be virtual.    There will be no charge for attending this virtual meeting.  All you have to do is register to get the link.  Questions will be taken from the audience at the end of the prepared presentations. 

We are excited to announce the distinguished panel of experts:
Bob Charlet, Publisher of the Houston Business Journal–Moderator
John Duca, Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor at Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas–Speaker
Boyd Nash-Stacey, Senior Economist at BBVA Compass–Speaker

For more information contact Dale Wilkins (713) 839-0808,

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BOB CHARLET, Moderator
Publisher of the Houston Business Journal

Bob Charlet has been in the media business for 34 years. A native of New Orleans, he spent 17 years there in media leadership positions, including 10 years with the Times-Picayune. He spent seven years based in Los Angeles with global media company Canon Communications. He started his business journal career in Hawaii in 2008 with Pacific Business News and became market president and publisher of the Houston Business Journal in 2015.


JOHN V. DUCA, Speaker
Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor

Federal Reserve Bank of DallasJohn is a Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, where he supervises and conducts research in financial-side macroeconomics. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in 1991, John was an economist at the Federal Reserve Board from 1986 to 1991–where he briefed former Fed Chairman Greenspan, former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, and the Federal Reserve Board–and was a part-time lecturer at the University of Maryland. John currently teaches money and banking as an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University. During his years in the Federal Reserve System, John has given many economic presentations and has published over 60 articles on macroeconomics, money, credit, wages, and housing.

John graduated summa cum laude from Yale with a B.A.  He received a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton, where he first met current Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and studied much of the Chairman’s research.  Since 1991, John’s family has lived in Rockwall, Texas, where John had served as a trustee of The Fulton School (a private college prep. school) and on the City of Rockwall’s capital improvements committee. 


Boyd Nash-Stacey, Speaker
Senior Economist at BBVA Compass

  • BBVA Research Team Member since 2011
  • B.A. Political Science, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. Applied Econometrics and Forecasting, University of Houston

As a senior economist with BBVA Research, Boyd follows consumer and digital trends while also managing the U.S. and regional macroeconomic scenarios and forecasts. Boyd’s most recent research focuses on the impact that lower oil prices have on the Texas economy, how financial inclusion and access to financial services influence sub-national economies, and how Millennials stack up against their generational cohorts. His work has been featured in the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Business Weekly, Business Insider, American Banker and Texas Monthly.


Polyolefins Conference

2021 Virtual International Polyolefins Conference 

Plastics – Living in a Time of Change and Adaptability
Register by January 15th to have a
$70 discount on ticket price ($125 instead of $195)


The SPE South Texas Section, the SPE Polymer Modifiers and Additives Division, the Thermoplastic Materials and Foams Division, Engineering Properties and Structures Division, and the Flexible Packaging Division are organizing  sessions for the 2021 Virtual SPE International Polyolefins Conference  in the following areas:

  • Current Trends in Markets, Technology, and Investments (Plenary talks)
  • Innovation in Polyolefin Catalysts and Process
  • Advances in Polyolefin Stabilization
  • Modifiers for Polyolefins
  • Advances in Polymer Testing and Characterization
  • Flexible Packaging
  • Polyolefin Elastomers
  • Advances in Compounding
  • Polyolefin Pipe Applications
  • Sustainability & Recycling
  • Medical Applications
  • Automotive Applications
  • Enhancement of functional polyolefin properties for applications

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